Suzanne Mays

The Emerson Waldorf School has been a large part of my life and my husband's  since 1983, when we had first discussions with Barbara Shell, Eve Olive, and Olga Wierbicki  to create the school. Our daughter and son attended the Emerson Waldorf School. Crystal was in Barbara Shell's combined 2nd/3rd grade class in September 1984.  Zephyr started in Alwyn Moss' kindergarten that year and the following year in grade 1 with Keith Hill. Our son's class – led by Ben Bingham for the last two years of middle school – was the first 8th grade to graduate from Emerson Waldorf School.  My professional work is as a certified music practitioner (www.thegiftofmusic.net) bringing live, prescriptive-therapeutic music to the bedside for those who are ill or at the end of life. The instrument I use is a large 49-string lyre. At the Emerson Waldorf School my lyre has been heard every December at the annual Spiral of Light.  This school year of 2012-2013 begins my seventh year assisting Jason Child, the school's Music Director, with the lyre program for grades 1-4.